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Do not walk outside this area

I was on the plane last Monday, row 38.

Row 37 had the door to the wing, and I was imagining the person in front of me opening it and walking on the wing (the effect of 2 sleepless nights, and long meetings).

I take a peek through the window, and I notice the window had some text inscribed on it. It appeared in multiple locations with mirrored text.

I wasn’t able to take a photo, but I found one that looks quite similar:

Creative Commons License photo credit: Vanessa Pike-Russell


At a project management course, the instructor was emphasizing the importance of language in multinational projects, since the course was in English he said “I’m sure most of you understand some kind of English… Who speaks other languages?” most of the attendees raised their hands since none of us is a native speaker of English.

british typography - no smoking in 31 languages
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He asked “Who speaks Spanish?”, a South American raised his hand, so did I.

He then asked “French?” I raised my hand… He asked “really?” so I just said “Mais oui, je crois que je parle le Français trés bien.”

He was looking for a language nobody spoke, so he just said “German?????”

I raised my hand again! He laughed and said not again… Really? My reply was that I am able to say “guten tag, zwei bigmac menüs und Eins kindermenü mit nuggets”… Sometimes all the language one needs is contextual to the project 🙂

The internet? Tech-Savvy?

There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns the ones we don’t know we don’t know. Former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

I just hate it when somebody who thinks they’re tech-savvy (yes, I said savvy) starts arguing technical trivialities, or tries to convince me of their “ways”.

I remember two distinct incidents:

One guy was supposed to be a tech-expert, after digging deeper, it seems his “great” skills were mostly the ability to get images from Google’s image search and set them as backgrounds on a Windows machine.

Another one was a certified MCSE, he was assigned some helpdesk-style work in his first days, and needed to check a user’s problems of not being able to use his computer. He calls the network admin saying it’s a network problem.

It’s a network problem.
Did you try pinging the server? Any reply?
Yes. No reply.
Is the network cable connected?

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After hours of troubleshooting, it was found out that for this MCSE:

  1. Pinging the server was simply clicking “Start”, Run, typing “ping” and pressing the enter key (without specifying the machine/address to ping).
  2. A black terminal flashing in and disappearing means no reply.
  3. The cable being connected means it’s connected on the PC, he didn’t check the other side of the cable.

This is one reason why I don’t really believe in IT certifications.

I believe that there are some basics that every “expert” should know, and then get deeper expertise in specific topics.